Barbara “Barbra” <I>Lotspeich</I> Broyles

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Barbara “Barbra” Lotspeich Broyles

Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Death 14 Dec 1862 (aged 72)
Crossville, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Woodlands, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 167328000 · View Source
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Tombstone found in the woods. No name of cemetery. Dates were obtained from Ancestry.

Barbara Lotspeich was born on 2 January 1790, the daughter of John Christopher and Barbara (Hartley) Lotspeich. Barbara married Matthias Broyles, son of Ephraim and Grace (McCain) Broyles. They married on July 18, 1808 in Greene County, Tennessee. Barbara was two months younger than Matthias who was born on Nov. 15, 1789 in Greene County. Eleven children were born to the couple: Ira D, Nathan S, Amos B, Nile M, Hosea, John S, Mary A, Grace J, Emaline, Narcissa, and Sarah."

"In 1934, John W. Broyles wrote the following description of his grandparents: 'They moved to the Sweetwater Valley from Greene Co, TN, where he acquired 640 acres of red land; but he was a good hunter and game became scarce there; he sold out and bought about 600 acres on Piney River, I think that was in 1828. They were great Methodists, and I have heard that my grandmother could beat the preachers in argument on the scripture. Game began to get scarce here and he sold out to Uncle William Hayden Stockton and my father [Niles M. Broyles] and moved to Cumberland Co, and established a trading post on the highway southwest of Crossville, where he supplied the constant stream of covered wagons 'trekking' westward before the Civil War. They were rank Confederates and were kind enough to loan some bedding to a camp of sick soldiers who were mean enough to return some of it when the camp was abandoned. Grandmother was taken violently ill and a negro slave was told to ride post haste after a doctor. Grandfather became impatient at the boy's delay in starting and ran out to the barn where he was stricken with the same malady which I presume was typhus. They were buried in the same grave [Barbara and Matthias died on the 9th and 14th of December, 1862.]"

"Uncle Summerfield Broyles, the youngest son, was wounded at the battle of Shiloh and returned home. He advertised 32 slaves for sale at auction, but only a few attended and he declared the sale off and set another date; but before this sale was to take place, Andrew Johnson, military governor of Tennessee, proclaimed all slaves free and most of them drifted away."

"Ira and Nathan Broyles became Methodist ministers and moved to Missouri; Amos Broyles married Clemenza Wilson and moved to Bradley Co; Mary Ann Broyles married a Rector; Grace Jane Broyles married Quinn M. Hill in 1844 in Rhea Co; Emeline Broyles married William Hayden Stockton, brother of Elizabeth (Stockton) Wilson, and, after residing for several years in Rhea Co. (Sulphur Springs area), the family moved to Texas (where Emeline died) and later to NM (William Hayden died in Silver City); Hosea, Narcissa, John Summerfield,and Sarah E. Broyles remained in White County, Tennessee. Sarah married Charles S. Eastland (their son, Henry, married Isabella Broyles). The remaining child of Matthias and Barbara (Nile McCain Broyles) is discussed in the following history. Bettye J. Broyles."

Married: 18 JUL 1808 in Greene Co, TN
Note: From: Tennessee Marriages to 1825 on


1 Mary Ann Broyles b: 1809 in Greene Co, TN

2 Grace Jones Broyles b: 1809 in Greene Co, TN

3 Ira David Broyles b: 6 MAY 1809 in Greene Co, TN

4 Nathan S. Broyles b: 16 MAY 1811 in Greene Co, TN Death: 30 OCT 1876 in Cedar Co, MO

5 Amos B Broyles b: 25 FEB 1814 in Greene Co, TN

6 Nile McCain Broyles b: 1 MAY 1819 in Greene Co, TN
Death: 22 DEC 1894 in Meigs Co, TN
Burial: AFT 22 DEC 1894 Ewing Cemetery, Rhea Co, TN

7 Emeline Broyles b: 22 NOV 1822 in Rhea Co, TN

8 Hosea Lotspeich Broyles b: 11 FEB 1824 in Greene Co, TN

9 Grace Jane Broyles Hill b: 27 APR 1826 in Greene Co, TN
DEATH BEFORE 10 NOVEMBER 1876 in Cedar County, Missouri

10 B. Narcissa Broyles b: 15 MAY 1829 in Rhea Co, TN

11 John Summerfield Broyles b: 16 MAR 1832 in Rhea Co, TN

12 Sarah E. Broyles Eastland b: 10 JUL 1836 in Rhea Co, TN DEATH 11 APRIL 1889 • White County, Tennessee

Note: They moved to Cumberland Co, and established a trading post on the highway southwest of Crossville, where he supplied the constant stream of covered wagons 'trekking' westward before the Civil War.

I do not know that their farm was in the Woodsland area but I had to have a name to give their burial place a name and their tombstone was in a woodsland. If anyone knows the area described in the note--leave me a message through findagrave and I will change it.

Thank You Mishelle for setting up this memorial and for sharing the photos that you have--you have given part of our history back to us--I will be forever grateful to you

Story of the photos
A lady(Mishelle--also a Germanna Broyles descendant) from Crossville Tennessee contacted me--a fellow employee (who knew she was a Broyles) where she worked came up to her and told her he had been out hunting and found a tombstone in a little woods with Matthias and Barbara Broyles on it (Ephraim's son and my so many great grandfather)--we knew he and his wife Barbara Lotspeich had died from a disease they had contracted from Civil War soldiers that were sick (typhus I think) and they helped nurse them--the soldiers recovered but the elderly couple died and were buried in the same grave--well the hunter took photos of the tombstone and gave them to her--she set up findagraves for Matthais and Barbara and put those photos on them and then contacted me and turned over management of the memorials to me--one of the greatest finds that has been made in my line of Broyles--can not tell you how thrilled I was--I contacted every Broyles I could find on Ancestry that were descendants of Matthais and Barbara--messages started coming in how happy they were that this lady was kind enough to give us part of history back to us --mme

Story of the Bed Spread
Made by Barbara Lotspeich Broyles, ca. 1840,Rhea County, Tennessee. 81” x 77” cotton, quilted and stuffed. Collection of Bettye Broyles. Pictured in Ramsey and Waldvogel, Southern Quilts, 47-49. This photo was found on Pinterest, Jan. 8, 2017 and placed here with due respect and honor of Barbara Lotspeich Broyles.


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  • Maintained by: Myrtle Ennis
  • Originally Created by: Mishelle
  • Added: 23 Jul 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 167328000
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Barbara “Barbra” Lotspeich Broyles (2 Jan 1790–14 Dec 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167328000, citing Broyles-Lotspeich Burying Ground, Woodlands, Cumberland County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Myrtle Ennis (contributor 47571243) .